Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Mar/Apr 2018

AHMM 3/4 2018 coverContents
Linda Landrigan: Crime Travels (introduction)
The Lineup
Dara Carr “Off-Off-Off Broadway”
R.T. Lawton “The Left Hand of Leonard”
Tom Larsen “Los Cantantes de Karaoke” A Wilson Salinas Mystery of Ecuador, art by Hank Blaustein
Solution to Jan/Feb “Dying Words”
Bill Pronzini & Barry N. Malzberg “Night Walker”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Don’t let the grass grow under your wheels!”
Michael Bracken “The Mourning Man”
Max Gersh “Fair Game”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Dale Berry “The Trail” (comic)
Michael A. Black “Walking on Water”
Robert Lopresti “Nobody Gets Killed”
Robert C. Hahn: Booked & Printed
Shauna Washington “Knockoffs”
Tim Chapman “Handy Man”
Martin Limón “High Explosive” art by Tim Foley
Mario Milosevic “The Hitchhiker’s Tale”
The Story That Won (Nov/Dec) “Widow’s Tears” by Jess Harris
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AHMM 3/4 2018 backAlfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 63 #3 & 4 Mar/Apr 2018
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Czgur/iStock.com
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until April 24, 2018
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

2017 Total Paid Distribution

The release of the Jan/Feb issues of Dell’s digest magazines marks the first year of their bi-monthly, double-issue format. The issues also provide the publisher’s statements of ownership, which include the average number of copies for a variety of categories, over a preceding 12-month period, for the print editions.

Magazines print more copies than they sell through subscriptions and newsstands. For the big five digests, excess inventory is offered in Value Packs on their websites. A great opportunity for readers to try out recent issues of a title at a fraction of its regular price.

Dell and F&SF sell far more issues via subscriptions than newsstands. For the most part, combining the two gives you the total paid circulation. However, it’s important to note these numbers don’t include digital sales, which are likely on the rise. Below is the “total paid distribution” from Jan/Feb 2017 and 2018 of the print editions:

2017 13,527
2018 12,962

2017 19,963
2018 18,957

2017 13,978
2018 13,320

Ellery Queen
2017 16,472
2018 15,486

2017 11,108
2018 11,429

Except for F&SF, the year-over-year numbers show declines of ~500–1000. Is this due to thicker, less frequent issues, general magazine publishing trends, distribution challenges, or something else? Without numbers on digital edition sales, it’s unclear. But I will share some anecdotal evidence about my experience buying the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of AHMM. (I generally buy magazines at a newsstand to avoid subscription mailing labels.)

Shortly after the new Dell books were out, I went to Rich’s Cigar Store on SW Alder, which to my knowledge is the largest magazine shop in Portland, Oregon. Dell’s two SF digests were there, but not AHMM. They still had five copies of the previous issue on display.

After the holidays I tried Powell’s in Cedar Hills. They had EQMM and F&SF, but no Hitchcock. A week or two later I called Powell’s to see if it had arrived. The CSR couldn’t locate the issue or the title, despite the fact that I have purchased it there before.

My fallback is wwnewstand on ebay, but as of yesterday they still were not offering it.

I finally found a copy at Barnes & Nobel at Bridgeport Village. After my purchase, there was only one remaining. I also learned you could buy a single issue AHMM from the B&N website. Good to know of another backup option.

I think the difficulty points to the distributor. When I asked for an issue of Strand Magazine at Rich’s one day this fall, the manager told me they were never quite sure what the distributor was going to give them. Apparently, in the case of the current AHMM—zero. As of my last trip there in mid-January, Rich’s still had five copies of Nov/Dec 2017 on display.

Genre digest publishers—even the big five—have their challenges. If you like what they do, please support them at the newsstand, online, or through subscriptions. The world needs stories, and they publish some of the best.

Note: Total paid distribution numbers for Fate and Nostalgia Digest are not listed here, as I didn’t find any Statements of Ownership in recent issues.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jan/Feb 2018

Happy Holidays art by Ally Hodges
The Lineup
Michael Nethercott “Sinners at Eight” art by Hank Blaustein
Marianne Wilski Strong “Louisa and the Lighthouse”
Peter Sellers “Christmas Help”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “End Game”
John M. Floyd “Scavenger Hunt”
S. Frederic Liss “Coroners Don’t Change Faces” photo by Ron Chironna
Arlene Fisher Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Janice Law “The Crucial Game”
John H. Dirckx “Go for the Juggler”
David Edgerley Gates “A Multitude of Sins”
Robert C. Hahn Booked & Printed
James Lincoln Warren “The Chinese Dog Mystery” art by Ally Hodges
Robert Lopresti “Train Tracks”
Alex C. Renwick “Shallow Sand”
David Hagerty “Fair Trade”
Dorothy L. Sayers “Nebuchadnezzar” (Mystery Classic selected by B.K. Stevens)
The Story That Won (Sep/Oct) “Carried Away” by Bruce Harris
Statement of ownership, management, and circulation
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AHMM cover

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 63 #1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2018
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senoir Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Corey Brickley
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 20, 2018
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM back cover